Kindness is the theme of #MHAW20. This year, let’s show some kindness to the 9 million unpaid carers.

In the UK, around 1 in 8 adults are carers, with 1.3 million people estimated to be providing care for 50+ hours per week. It is also estimated that 700,000 to 1 million under 18s are young carers. According to the charity Carers UK, carers providing high levels of care are more likely to suffer … Continue reading Kindness is the theme of #MHAW20. This year, let’s show some kindness to the 9 million unpaid carers.

The Minnesota Starvation Experiment 1944: lessons learned for anorexia.

Eating disorders cause physiological changes to the brain, and research has shown the effects of losing weight in a short space of time. In my MHFA plenary sessions, I introduce the Minnesota Starvation Experiment and discuss its relevance in understanding eating disorders, particularly anorexia. The study was handed to me in paper-format when I was … Continue reading The Minnesota Starvation Experiment 1944: lessons learned for anorexia.

World Mental Health Day 2018: Children and Young People. Why is there a ticking time bomb?

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. It is a topic of which I am deeply passionate, and is at the heart of my business: from delivering the 2-Day Youth Mental Health First Aid course, to research, to workshops in schools. Every generation faces … Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2018: Children and Young People. Why is there a ticking time bomb?

Exercise after a history of Eating Disorders: it’s about resetting the goal posts.

If you've struggled with eating disorders, you'll know all about that little voice: the one which is obsessed with numbers on a scale, nutritional guidelines and calorie counting. When it comes to exercise, not much changes. So often, to the mind of the person with anorexia or bulimia (or any ED that doesn't fit neatly … Continue reading Exercise after a history of Eating Disorders: it’s about resetting the goal posts.

Anxiety: from racing mind to irrational thoughts – an insider’s story.

It's the racing mind with thoughts that won't slow down. It's the compulsion to undertake lots of activities at once.   It's the claustrophobia felt when surrounded by people. It's the fear of being alone.   It's the need to escape from being indoors. It's the feeling of suffocation even when you're outside.   It's … Continue reading Anxiety: from racing mind to irrational thoughts – an insider’s story.